A recent donation from the Calaveras Unified School District (CUSD) Educational Foundation enabled the purchase of supplies and equipment for the learning garden at Mokelumne Hill Elementary (MHE).
The garden is used to teach children gardening skills and learn hands-on science by using academic skills in math, science, language and the arts. This integrated approach to learning helps the students apply lessons learned in the classroom into a sensory and hands-on agricultural approach.
The donation enabled Master Gardener and garden teacher volunteer Maggi Blood to purchase new garden tools, a garden wagon and a white board. Blood holds weekly gardening and nutritional lessons for the students at MHE.
“With the new tools the students have already built a path around the garden with wood chips and cardboard,” Blood said. “To keep our tools in order we have installed a series of hooks to store large, long handled garden rakes, shovels and forks. And at the start of next school year we will have a lesson on proper tool use, maintenance and storage.”